Building a robust and effective dairy enterprise

Preparation is key. In the dairy industry, producers are faced with different challenges throughout the year, and each challenge may offer new opportunities for progress. Building a robust and effective dairy enterprise often requires that we fine-tune the big milk-producing machine that is a dairy farm to remain profitable in a challenging world. In a…

Building calf immunity

dairy calves

Building calf immunity is all about timing. The story starts with the dam before the calf is even born, and after birth, the newborn calf is particularly vulnerable to different pathogens at different ages. This article by Gene Boomer, a former technical services manager at Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production explains the importance…

Managing for optimum milk quality

milk quality

Your ultimate mission as a dairy producer is producing the best possible quality milk, regardless of your volume goals. Milk quality is greatly affected by somatic cell count (SCC) and the presence of contaminants such as aflatoxins. The following article produced by our partners at Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, entitled: “Manage somatic cell count…

Towards a more resilient dairy herd

dairy herd

Dairy cows face many immune challenges that vary with seasons and production systems. The key to productivity is building a resilient that is herd able to perform optimally in the face of all the challenges they encounter. Dr Elliot Block, research fellow and director of technology at Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production, discusses…

Dream a little bigger

Why do we humans have this tendency to expect the worst? We can always imagine what a bad day would look like, and we know what it feels like to fail to meet our targets at the end of the month. Perhaps it is simply a lack of imagination. We know what disappointment feels like…

Switch gears as part of your summer strategy

Summer is very much my favourite season of the year. The aspects that appeal to me most are the longer days and the summer sun, although the latter is most likely a cow’s worst nightmare. So, the summer season is bittersweet, with the love I have for it overshadowed by the fact that dairy cows…

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